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1 Scotland’s new devolved tax powers Alison Cumming Head of Tax Policy, Scottish Government CIPFA Scotland Conference, 26 March 2015

2 Taxes should be…What Adam Smith said… Certain The tax which each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not arbitrary. The time of payment, the manner of payment, the quantity to be paid, ought all to be clear and plain to the contributor, and to every other person... The Wealth Of Nations, Book V Chapter II Pt II, p. 825, para. 4. Convenient Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner, in which it is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay... The Wealth Of Nations, Book V Chapter II Pt II, p. 826, para. 5. Efficient Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the state… The Wealth Of Nations, Book V Chapter II Pt II, p. 826, para. 6. Proportionate to the taxpayer’s ability to pay The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities... The Wealth Of Nations, Book V Chapter II Pt II, v. ii, p. 825, para. 3. Scottish approach to taxation

3 Scotland Act 2012 – Overview MeasureStartRevenue estimate ( ) Replace Stamp Duty Land Tax with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) c. £380m Replace UK Landfill Tax with Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) c. £117m Scottish Rate of Income Tax c. £4.5 bn if rate set at 10p/£ Power to devolve more taxes… Capital borrowing Annual - 10% of capital budget(£304m), Aggregate limit - £2.2bn Revenue borrowing Annual - £200m Aggregate - £500m Block grant adjustment ; One-year agreement for devolved taxes Principles agreed for SRIT

4 Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

5 Revenue Scotland Decembe r 2014 Board appointed Jan 2015 Non- Ministerial Department Feb 2015 Guidance published Feb 2015 Sign-up for online portal and SLfT registration April 2015 Devolved taxes ‘go- live ’

6 Scottish rate of income tax The Scottish Basic Rate The Scottish Higher Rate The Scottish Additional Rate The Scottish Rate

7 Scottish rate of income tax All rates (basic, higher, additional) reduced by 10p for Scottish taxpayers Scottish Parliament sets rate each year by resolution If set at 10p, Scottish taxpayers will pay the same tax as others in the UK Scottish rate income tax revenue goes to Scottish Government – block grant funding from UK reduced by tax take from 10p reduction Tax on dividend and savings income not included April 2016 start date UK Government responsible for wider income tax structure HMRC still administers and collects Scottish Government pays for HMRC costs of implementing and running the Scottish rate Gift aid applied at UK rate Pensions relief paid at Scottish basic rate

8 Devolved taxation – post-Smith

9 Devolved taxes – Forward look UK Government Command Paper Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement, including draft legislative clauses, published on 22 January 2015 and subject to consultation UK Government to set timetable for further devolution – matter for incoming administration after the General Election

10 Devolved and reserved revenue and expenditure RevenueExpenditure Source: Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) (March 2015)

11 Thank you Any questions?


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